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All Libraries will be Closed on May 29

The library will be closed on Monday, May 29th to celebrate Memorial Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, May 30th.

Athens-Clarke Co. Library's African American Family Scan Day

Help preserve the story of the African American experience in Athens by bringing your family's historical documents (photos, letters, family Bibles, recipes, etc.) to be digitally scanned and preserved! The first Scan Day will take place at the Athens-Clarke County Library on June 3rd. Sign up for a scan appointment on our online calendar, or call for an appointment (706-613-3650 ext. 350).

This initiative is part of the National Endowment for Humanities' Common Heritage Grant. The goal of the grant is to preserve African American families' histories, which are often underdocumented. By helping families protect and preserve their heirloom documents, we hope to ensure that everyone's story is remembered.

Michael C. Carlos Museum Family Passes now available to check out!

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Georgia Public Library System has partnered with the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Patrons can check out a family pass at their local library, which covers up to six admissions to the museum.

The Carlos Museum is now one of the Southeast's premier ancient art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

The Museum also features traveling exhibits, including the upcoming exhibition of Shakespeare's First Folio, set for Nov. 5-Dec. 11.

More information on the Museum can be found at

For more information on checking out the pass, visit our Park and Museum Passes webpage.

Just around the corner, starting November 5, our friends at the Michael C. Carlos Museum open The First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. At a vibrant and peppy 393 years old, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays. The Folio was compiled by his fellow actors and had they not, many of these plays would be lost to time. It also contains one of the only two likenesses of the man himself considered to be authentic. And it's in Atlanta.

POE-tober: A Month of Poe Events

Photo of a raven and the words Poe-tober - a Month of Edgar Allan Poe Programming in Athens

Celebrate the works of Edgar Allan Poe all month during "Poe-tober" in Athens, Georgia. Official activities begin Oct. 4 at the State Botanical Garden and end on All Soul's Day, Nov. 1, at the Georgia Museum of Art. Almost all events are free and will engage readers of all ages. Book prizes and bookmarks will be given out at events.

The Poe-Tober Forest: Improv Theater Games for Youth

Tuesday, October 4, 3:30 pm

At the State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Spooky Poe-etry

Thursday, October 6, 3:30 pm

Poetry and Crafts inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

At the Athens-Clarke County Library

Quoth the Raven Mask-Making Workshop

Wednesday, October 12, 5:00 pm

At the Lamar Dodd School of Art. *$10 donation for materials

Photo of Edgar Allen Poe from 1849.  Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Juried Poe-tober Art Awards and Poe Visit

Saturday, October 15, 3:30 pm

At the Athens-Clarke County Library

Poe Book Discussion and Rare Book Display

Wednesday, October 19, 10:30 am

At the Athens-Clarke County Library

"Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe"

Saturday, October 22, 7:00 pm

Performance, Seney-Stovall Chapel

Comics, Medicine and Healing Through Story: Lecture and Talk with Dr. Dana Walrath

Wednesday, October 26, 5:00 pm

At the Lamar Dodd School of Art

Poe-tober Family Gallery and Poetry Event

Thursday, October 27, 5:30 pm

At the Georgia Museum of Art

Return of The Son of Listening in The Dark: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grownups

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm

At the Athens-Clarke County Library

A "Conspiracy of Ravens"

Saturday, October 29, 8:30 pm

At the Wild Rumpus Parade, downtown Athens

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Poetry Reading with Kimiko Hahn

Tuesday, November 1, 2:00 pm

Introductory remarks from the Consul General of Japan.

At the Georgia Museum of Art


  • The University of Georgia College of Education
  • Athens-Clarke County Library
  • Georgia Museum of Art
  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia
  • Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
  • Rose of Athens Theatre

For more information, visit UGA's Big Read website.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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